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Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences 
90 Harbour St, Toronto
Developer: Menkes Developments, HOOPP


Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences | 237m | 67s | Menkes | Sweeny &Co

modernizt

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The coloured LED's thing is starting to get tacky and overdone. When everyone is doing it just for the sake of doing it, it loses its effect. Just some classy white uplighting of the crown would be my preference.
 

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The coloured LED's thing is starting to get tacky and overdone. When everyone is doing it just for the sake of doing it, it loses its effect. Just some classy white uplighting of the crown would be my preference.
Gotta disagree with you. I feel like a Toronto needs to loosen up and bring on more LEDs. I like architecture for its distinct eras and right now we are moving towards or are in one with LEDs for better or worse. I suppose you see the worse.

I think white uplighting works if there is some colour or texture to highlight. Glass, which it appears this building has at the top, has neither colour or texture so no reason to highlight banality.
 

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I think white uplighting works if there is some colour or texture to highlight. Glass, which it appears this building has at the top, has neither colour or texture so no reason to highlight banality.
And coloured light (amidst a sea of competing colours from other buildings) somehow mitigates banality?

For the record, I'm not opposed to LED lighting. But I think it's best on projects where it is part of the architectural intent or makes sense, not as an afterthought or "just because". I would even argue that if it's only being done to cover up banality, that's a poor usage, and should be used in cases where there is an architectural feature to highlight (i.e. Ice, CASA, mech. rooms on CityPlace towers from earlier phases.)

I don't follow your logic that it makes sense to light up "banality" so long as the colour used isn't white.
 

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Banality, in the darkness of night, pretty much disappears. Colouring a crown with light adds something to the night skyline whether the crown is plain or not. If everything could be as dynamic up top as Ïce, then great, but barring that, I'm happy to have the colour.

In this particular situation, Adam Feldmann of architectsAlliance told me that the top was designed in a restrained fashion because the balconies on the towers are so dynamic: the tops act as a visual rest. At night though, you're not going to see much of the balconies, and instead you get a coloured crown.

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What's not to love about lighting? It not only animates the night sky but adds a level of dynamism to the skyline.
You'll note that I never said I don't like lighting. My issue is that at this rate, in a few years it will just be a clusterfuck of competing motifs instead of an occasional point of visual interest. Clearly many here disagree with me, but please do not misstate what I was arguing.
 

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What's not to love about lighting? It not only animates the night sky but adds a level of dynamism to the skyline.
Since you asked.... the answer to your question is Light Pollution. You can look it up. Here's a preliminary link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution

You obviously love lighting but folks should be aware that much of what is radiated from our cities is both wasteful and possibly dangerous.
 

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Now there's a carefully thought through answer. You know, there might just be a middle ground between Pyongyang and the 24 hours of garish light of some of our cities. We might be able to find a reasonable and attractive space between the poles, if we actually thought about the issue a bit.
 

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The coloured LED's thing is starting to get tacky and overdone. When everyone is doing it just for the sake of doing it, it loses its effect. Just some classy white uplighting of the crown would be my preference.
Personally, I like the lights, and find as a whole, any lighting is better than no lighting. That being said, I get exactly what you mean when you say that it is becoming repetitive. The lighting features on recent condos (aside from outsiders like Aura and Trump) are quite similar, restricted to lighting mostly mechanical boxes with LED's to the same overall effect. Perhaps what you're getting at is a desire for a different type of lighting scheme, namely what many skyscrapers in Dubai or Asia look like in the evening, with extravagant neon pattering, often embedded in their entire facades, with more visual interest. While I think Toronto, and other North American/European cities suit a more modest and less flashy night skyline, I think it would be a cool experiment to see a building of that nature done well here... maybe around Yonge-Dundas square where bright lighting would less intrusive (although apparantly Aura's lighting is already offensive).